Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Praying, Not Just Saying the Rosary
Distractions come too easily when praying.
I remember reading in "The Life & Revelations of Anne Catherine Emmercich" where she had a vision of three women praying in a chapel. One woman was very distracted, and fully gave into entertaining her thoughts of the world. Above her head, Anne Catherine saw an angel turned to God, and writing in a book.
The second woman was immersed in prayer, with no distractions. Her angel had placed a crown of beautiful roses over her head.
A third woman was praying, and she was distracted repeatedly by worldly thoughts but she fought to overcome this, and each time she successfully focused again on her prayer. Because of this woman's persistence in overcoming her distractions, she had the most beautiful reward of all. Her angel had written in gold letters of the grace she had won and her crown was the most resplendent of all.
I was surprised that the woman who kept getting distracted, but was able to overcome it, was the one who was the most rewarded. I thought the woman who was totally immersed in prayer would be favoured most by God. But it makes sense that God also gives tremendous graces to those who continually struggle to place Him before the world, each time we are tempted to let our hearts and mind slip away from God.
Here are my favourite meditations for praying the rosary. For each bead there is a meditation, which really helps to keep the mind on the mystery. Just click on each mystery to find the individual meditations. Great pictures, too! These are from the booklet, Praying the Rosary Without Distractions